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    Safety is not really a priority for most people, especially under 30.
    Nobody put blame on trophy for every kid culture yet. I'd say having generation where the losers think they're just as good as the winners contributes to people ending up in situations they're unprepared for.

    "man you make it look so fluid"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Do you think it's social media or also a lack of knowledge?

    I will be the first to admit that I have very low understanding of what causes risk in the backcountry, as such I wouldn't attempt it without going with someone who was knowledgeable on the area I was planning on hitting

    There's no denying, photos here and on Facebook of people going down untracked slopes, with powder shots to the face, create a huge amount of draw for me, and I"m sure for anyone else that loves the snow.

    I think I read on Harvey's blog that there is an upcoming BC gathering regarding NY state BC skiing. I know they have similar meetings in VT before too, that deal with the increase in exposure BC skiing is getting.
    The lack of knowledge is the danger Stef was referring to. Social media is the impulse drive that is attracting the lemmings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy View Post
    Yup, the hype of social media, forums, use nets (old term for forums), etc.. have definitely added to the lure, that and the equipment has become more accessible for the average Joe. In the old days you needed to tele, or the old Randonee gear was finicky. And, then there are the new skis, they make it possible for any gaper to shred wild snow, something that wasn't easy with skinny skis. It's real Bro Bra now...
    I just wonder then where does or CAN the education start? In social media? At the store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiNEwhere View Post
    Loveland pass is the worst in terms of people having no f***ing idea what they are doing. Even if I take all the proper precautions, I'm still afraid I'm going to have an avalanche above me triggered by a skier standing on a cornice to get a better view.
    Yeaaaah, I've heard this around the block. It's unfortunate. Loveland is actually on my list this year - with caution..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ski stef View Post
    I just wonder then where does or CAN the education start? In social media? At the store?
    It's their responsibility ultimately. Any idiot can buy a snowmobile, get drunk, and kill someone so why should this be treated any differently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ski stef View Post
    I just wonder then where does or CAN the education start? In social media? At the store?
    It needs to be Everywhere. The education is there and has been pushed, in the past. When I stared BC skiing years ago, Avy education and snow sense was talked about and stressed everywhere. Magazines, web sites, specialty brick and mortar stores where you would find the gear, groups like the AMC, etc... Web sites with forums, like this, had special sections dedicated to Avy talk. The numbers of people getting into BC skiing where small, and from what I saw, people didn't just buy gear and go without getting into a group and learning the ropes from them. Taking avy courses was part of the initiation process.

    Now, a credit card, a virtual BC store, and some of my, equally ignorant, bros is all it takes. There's a whole new wave of Dawn Patrollers that are skinning the resorts for exercise, some of them will gravitate to the BC without the proper education.

    Social Media can play a part in spreading the word about the need for the education, but ultimately, people need to step up and make it their responsibility to seek it out before they go. The horse to water thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Do you think it's social media or also a lack of knowledge?

    I will be the first to admit that I have very low understanding of what causes risk in the backcountry, as such I wouldn't attempt it without going with someone who was knowledgeable on the area I was planning on hitting

    There's no denying, photos here and on Facebook of people going down untracked slopes, with powder shots to the face, create a huge amount of draw for me, and I"m sure for anyone else that loves the snow.

    I think I read on Harvey's blog that there is an upcoming BC gathering regarding NY state BC skiing. I know they have similar meetings in VT before too, that deal with the increase in exposure BC skiing is getting.

    Thanks for reading Nick.

    I think what you may have read is related but not a meetup.

    For the first time in 25 years NY is considering modifying the SLMP (State Land Management Plan) to improve backcountry skiing. BC skiing has really grown due to advancements in gear.

    There are many skiers who feel that BC skiing is an appropriate low impact use of state land.

    If you agree it would be great if you'd send a short note voicing your support to the NY DEC. Deadline is Dec 5.

    NYSB is really behind the effort, but to date there is no front page story with detail, only a forum post. Details for how to respond are below.

    (Nick, apologies for this forum-to-forum link which can be considered uncool between mods. If you delete I completely understand or PM me if you have a different idea.)

    http://forum.nyskiblog.com/Speak-out...td4046728.html
    Last edited by Harvey; Nov 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM. Reason: general dorkage

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    What about Blue Mountain Backcountry excursions. Too soon?
    Can't be too carefull arond the Mardi gras trees, ......Strangulation danger , beads and Bras .....Kind of like penguins and 6 pack plastic.

  10. #20
    I go back country to hang with Mary Jane with helmet is for protection. I go with people who know the place . be stupid to go something like that on your own.

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